First Congregational Church of Winter Park was the very first church founded in this community back in 1884, and ever since it has been a presence of faith and support for the spiritual lives of the residents here.

From its founding roots with Rollins College to its early post-Civil War work against segregation and assisting surrounding African-American communities, this church has been a profound presence in Winter Park.


With vibrant, relevant worship, superb Christian Education and faith formation, a flagship music program, an exemplary Preschool and Kindergarten program, mission trips, amazing youth programs, commitment to an “Open and Affirming” church where everyone is welcome and programs for all ages, First Congregational Church is a special place to discover and call home.

Rev. Shawn Garvey
Senior Minister

Mary Joe Searl
Executive Administrator

Dr. Sherie Lindamood
Minister of Worship and Education
Dr. John V. Sinclair
Director of Music
Dr. Linda Owens
Director Of The Preschool
Kerry Weisner
Director of Faith Formation